The Parliament of Ghana has approved a budgetary allocation of over GHc 255 Million to the newly created Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources for the 2017 fiscal year. An estimated GHc 28 Million out of the total budget allocation of GHc 255, 531,354 for the Ministry has been earmarked for capital goods, with over GHc 216 Million of the allocated budget for the Ministry expected to come in by way of inflows from donor partners.
Government will establish a National Sanitation Fund this year as part of measures to address the sanitation situation in the country in a sustainable manner, said the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta. He has announced this in Accra during the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2017 Financial Year to Parliament on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017.
The issue of governance has become fundamental in every human endeavor. Governance permeates every societal fabric including corporate institutions, nation building and the provision of essential social services such as WASH services. It was therefore no wonder that the issue of governance featured prominently at the 27th edition of the Mole Conference at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
The ever increasing need for developing countries to ensure that better sanitation services are provided to their citizens has never been evident than now. Over 2.5 billion people, representing about 40 per cent of the world’s population practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities. The effect of this phenomenon can be dire, especially on human health and the environment in general.
The Director, Water, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) Mr. Fred Addae, has called on all actors in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Ghana to reposition themselves in order to surmount the funding challenges in the sector as well as partner with the Government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water and sanitation by 2030.
The 27TH Edition of the Mole Conference has ended at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region on 24th November, 2016 with a call on stakeholders in the WASH sector in Ghana to redouble their efforts at introducing, adopting and utilizing technology and innovation in the provision of sustainable water and sanitation products and services in Ghana.
The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has elected Martin Dery as its new Chairman. The other elected executives include, Atta Arhin, Vice Chairman, Karim Abdul, Northern Zone Representative, Nuhu Umar, Middle Zone Representative and William Domiappella, Southern Zone Representative.
The changing financing landscape in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector makes it very imperative for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to open up the sanitation market and forge partnership with the private sector to provide efficient and low cost sanitation services to the citizenry especially the poor households, the Programme Manager of IRC Ghana, Mr. Kwame Asiedu Asubonteng has said.
One significant issue facing developing countries, of which Ghana is no exception, in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is the waning funding to the sector. Ghana’s case is even more complicated, considering the country’s recent reclassification as a lower middle income country. Though this may present opportunities for the WASH sector, it can initially constrain the sector’s ability to attract funding, especially when about 90 per cent of the sectors’ funding comes from loans and grants.
ACCRA, 23 February 2017 – The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) team has announced a new website to promote the urban sanitation innovation prize. Mr. Kweku Quansah of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate and Mrs. Vida Duti of IRC jointly made the announcement at the 61st National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 61) meeting.
The 56th edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 56) highlighted for attention a number of key learning points– the need to rethink partnership with communities leading the agenda; work with communities to create a neutral structured platform to lead the setting of their own agenda; provide up-to-date evidence and its implication for the wider development; and widen the base and make a compelling case for inclusive participation among target communities, etc.
The 4th community-led total sanitation (CLTS) annual stock taking forum (STF) agreed to explore learning from the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana initiative as one of the existing innovative sanitation financing mechanisms. This was one of the key decision points in the forum communique shared at the end of the 4-day event.
The Watershed Ghana work package, a component of a 5-year multi-country strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IRC (lead), Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo, to deliver improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services through Civil Society Organisation (CSO) advocacy and lobby was launched in Accra on 30 June, 2016.
Ghana’s public sector is like a nest; the habitation of the haughty and the modest. However, its pride is the likes of Mr. Ben Yaw Ampomah, the Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission, described by many people as modest and noble.
The 26th edition of the annual Mole conference under the theme, ‘Financing the WASH within the SDGs: Options and strategies for Ghana’, ended in Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga on Friday, 23rd October, 2015 with key decision points.
October 21 - The first ever Mole Conference in Upper East Region opened in Bolgatanga today. Welcoming participants to the region, Hon. James Tiigar, the Upper East Regional Minister commended the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) for sustaining the Mole series; and for the 26th edition theme, Financing WASH within the SDGs: Options and Strategies", which he described as appropriate and timely.
The Ghana Rural Water Forum took place in Accra yesterday, October 7, 2015 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel under the theme, ‘From Data to Impact: Leveraging partnerships for sustained rural water services’ under the distinguished patronage of the Minister for Water Resources Works and Housing. The SMARTerWASH Project, a joint initiative led by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) that focuses on ensuring effective use of monitoring information to keep water and sanitation services working, shared the baseline data on functionality and service levels of existing rural water and small town water facilities in about six regions in Ghana.
The National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) hosted WaterAid Ghana at its 50th edition under the Healthy Start project to highlight WASH and health linkages and to present the Healthy Start project to WASH stakeholders in Ghana.
Ghana’s Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing has urged stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to focus more on long-term sustainable service approach than the one-off project-based method.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Julius Debrah, has described as sad, the lack of data on the operations of non-governmental organisations (NGOS) in Ghana. He has therefore urged NGOs operating in the country, to develop implementable strategies to address that gap.
The Twenty-firth edition of the Mole Conference series is slated for November 4-8, 2014 at Ramada Hotel (former Coco Beach), Nugua, Accra - Ghana on the theme, ''Mole Conference Series@25: Reflection to define the future".